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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Jain Studies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group began in 2009 in recognition of the burgeoning state of the field and its relative neglect in the AAR. Originating in India in the first millennium BCE, Jainism — historically as dominant a South Asian religious tradition as Buddhism and Hinduism and, in the light of current demographics, a disproportionately powerful presence in the cultural and economic life of India — is a world religion now extending far beyond South Asia to East Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Given the increasing focus of scholarly attention on Jainism both in India and around the globe, this Group provides a venue in North America for scholars of Jainism to meet regularly and exchange ideas.

Call for Papers: 

The Jain Studies Steering Committee, in consultation with other interested scholars, has decided on the following topics as possible themes for its one session in 2015. "Jain Modernities" (contact John E. Cort, "Jain Masculinities" (contact Whitney Kelting, m.kelting "Jains and Others" (contact Audrey Truschke, "Bihar in the Jain Imaginary" (contact Leslie Orr, "Cenotaphs as Sacred Sites" (contact John E. Cort, We also welcome proposals for complete pre-formed paper sessions, with four papers and a respondent. The steering committee prefers to see proposals for pre-formed sessions, and so strongly discourages submission of individual paper proposals.

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Due to the success of the presentations the past two years, and as discussed in our business meetings, the Jain Studies Group will identify a specific theme (or themes) for the 2015 CFP and invite paper proposals that only address those topics. We are also interested in circulating the papers prior to the conference to invite greater dialogue among our audience members.
ChairSteering Committee